1. National Portrait Gallery, Chinatown
A short stroll north of the National Mall on 7th Street will take you into the heart of Chinatown, where opposite the Capital One Arena, home of the 2018 National Hockey League Stanley Cup winners, sits the impressive National Portrait Gallery. The gallery offers various free classes and activities for children, including Portrait Story Days (Saturday and Sunday) and Open Studio (Friday). On Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., discovery kits are available for check-out—they offer a great way to explore the gallery on your own terms. Be sure to stop by the Kogod Courtyard, lush with trees and plants, which provides a great place for parents to get off their feet while kids splash in the water scrim.